If you needed a catharsis FGC, here it is. If there was any doubt in your mind that we were a culture of solidarity, you can silence it. March 2nd began the first day of Final Round, one of the biggest tournaments in the fighting game community. To some of you, the notion that this year marks the tournament’s 15th anniversary is something you are well aware of. To others, it is an astoundingly impossible feat. In a time where a lot of us feel that lingering trepidation around us– Shinblanka’s opening speech keeps us level. It takes those moments of fear that circumstance seems to impose on us out of the equation, even if it’s just for those 3 minutes in that video. Even if it’s for one hell of a weekend and one of the biggest spotlights in the FGC. What you may call saccharine I see as beautiful, and if there’s anything the tears in this man’s eyes can attest to — it is that the blood sweat and toil he has put into this event for the last 15 years has been worth it. 100 percent. I can go on and on about it, but his words speak a lot more than mine ever could here.
Happy Birthday Final Round. You kept my head up.